This letter is regarding the rezoning of District 24 in Queens. I am concerned specifically about PS 229 and Maspeth, as my children attend PS 229.
It is an unsafe and unfair proposal. I live several blocks from the school and I am extremely disappointed that should I have another child I will be forced to send him or her to a school that is not within walking distance and put my child on a bus. Not to mention how will I be able to pick up children in several different schools.
There is the safety issue of crossing major streets, as well. Parents are concerned with their children walking three blocks, now they may have to walk 20 blocks.
I am concerned with the impact this change will have on junior high school, as well. Currently, my children are zoned for IS 73. I am already disappointed in the truncation of 6th grade from PS 229 and now I have to worry how far the junior high school will be from my home.
I am also worried about my property value. I purchased my home seven years ago at the height of the market because this is a working-class community where parents are involved with the schooling of their children, which is reflected in the school’s scores and progress.
People take care of their homes, partake in community activities and look out for one another’s children. While the change will impact Maspeth, it will also affect surrounding areas such as Middle Village and Glendale in the long run.
I implore the Department of Education to reevaluate this proposal and find another way to deal with the overcrowding in the area.